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Man dies on north Wales island

A 63-YEAR-OLD man has died on a sparsely populated island of the coast of north Wales.

Officers confirmed they received reports shortly before 17:00 PM on Wednesday after a man sustained chest injuries On Bardsey Island, off the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd.

Police said that the man’s next of kin had been informed and confirmed that officers were investigating the circumstances around his death.

North Wales Police also stated they were liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and the Coroner as part of the investigation.

It has not been confirmed if the dead man was a visitor to the island or a resident.

Bardsey Island, also known by it’s Welsh name of Ynys Enlli, is known to have only a small number of long-term residents and a wide range of holiday accommodation.

The Bardsey Island Trust confirmed that the police, coastguard, RNLI and Wales Air Ambulance were all involved in the investigation.

In a brief statement, the trust said: “A fatal incident occurred on Ynys Enlli on 19 June.

“The Bardsey Island Trust extends its sincere condolences to the friends and family who are affected.”

The trust said it was working with its residents alongside the authorities and thanked everyone involved with dealing with the incident.

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Alongside having holiday accommodation, the island can be visited on day trips. The island has recently been recognised as a ‘dark sky’ destinations allowing visitors to view the night sky away from light pollution.

According to the trust’s website, the island has 12 Grade II listed properties. One is leased to the farm, another to the Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory, and one is privately rented.

The remaining nine are rented out by the Bardsey Island Trust as holiday homes.